This sure has been a busy week for the Marine Corps.
First the Corps brought new job titles, eliminating the word “man” from everything. Then the DOD announced that trans service members would be welcomed into the military and also not discharged for their gender. To top it off, today the Corps released brand new PFT standards across the branch, eliminating the flexed arm hang as well.
The Corps has also noticed that its breasts are more tender and skin a bit softer. It is transitioning.
I say this in jest but also as a matter of fact. The Corps is changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Of course, most of the outrage toward these changes doesn’t come from the active duty community, but rather people that effectively hashtag everything they write with “so glad I’m out.” If you’re one of these people, I have some news for you…
Bring it in real close…
No one fucking cares.
Seriously, the Active Duty Corps will proudly continue on with or without your permission. Changes come with society, and the Marine Corps and military at large is surprisingly more progressive than you’d initially think. The consensus from the majority of the active duty community is a resounding meh to most of these radical changes to the military.
Then again, the people lamenting these decisions are the same ones that thought repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would destroy the very fabric of society, rather than simply allow a (large) group of people to openly be themselves.
The Corps is fine.
I realize all of this is a lot to take in in the span of a week, but it was all going to happen anyway. Might as well roll with it.
In other news, I’ll be speaking at the Marine’s Memorial Club in San Francisco on Thursday night! Here are the details, please RSVP.